by Neil Drysdale on the flat and now in the capable hands of 2001 NSA champion trainer Tom Voss, Quel Senor failed to finish twice in his final three starts of last season. The 7-year-old makes his 2002 debut. Bill Pape's It's A Giggle won three races at Saratoga last summer, so he thrives on the flat and fast racetrack turf courses. The Pennsylvania-bred son of all-time leading U.S. jump sire Northern Baby prepped for Keeneland with an easy win in the $25,000 Sandhills Cup in North Carolina April 6. Trained by Jonathan Sheppard, the 8-year-old runs his best races when he can relax on an easy lead. Blythe Miller, who1s won four straight on the horse, returns for the ride.Jennifer Majette's Al Skywalker faded to seventh after setting much of the pace in the 2001 Royal Chase, and will probably try to again race near the front. Bred in California by Evergreen Farm, the 9-year-old finished second in the March 30 Carolina Cup after getting bothered at the last fence by Lord Zada.
The field (in post position order, with owner, trainer and jockey). All
starters carry 158 pounds.1. Quel Senor: Coppertree Farm, Tom Voss, Cyril Murphy.
2. It's A Giggle: Bill Pape, Jonathan Sheppard, Blythe Miller.
3. Al Skywalker: Jennifer Majette, Jennifer Majette, Tom Foley.
4. Shamrock Isle: Edie Dixon, Jack Fisher, Arch Kingsley.
6. Lord Zada: Augustin Stable, Sanna Neilson, Gus Brown.
7. Turkish Corner: Kay Jeffords, Bruce Miller, Chip Miller.
8. Flat Top: Nancy Gerry, Janet Elliot, Robert Massey.
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